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10 steps to making a happy home office

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1. USE PINTEREST RESPONSIBLY.

Browse for inspirat ion, but remember that offices in design magazines may not be set up to accommodate a 50-hour work week. Upholstered dining room chairs look amazing, but they won’t support your back. 

2. FOLLOW ERGONOMIC RULES.

The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below. 

3. EMBRACE NATURAL LIGHT.

Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene.

4. BUT DON’T FORGET THE LAMPS.

Even with great natural light, you’ll still need additional lighting for darker hours of the day.

5. GET CREATIVE WITH STORAGE

If you’re the sort of person who needs to see something to remember it exists, try wall storage: magazine type racks, or children’s library-style display shelves.

6. CREATE SOME COMFY SPACE.

Your desk is for active work, but you probably need a place to think or read, too. 

7. ADD GREENERY.

Plants make people happier. 

8. PERSONALIZE THOUGHTFULLY.

rotate the photos, and include mementos of success, cartoons that make you laugh, even a scent that makes you happy–something you definitely can’t get away with in a cube.

 

9. HIDE THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO LOOK AT.

Modern offices have lots of cords. Run a power strip behind your desk and plug everything into that.

10. OVERSTOCK.

Keep all your office supplies–pens, scissors, stapler, stamps–handy. Consider a small fridge or coffee maker if you like to enjoy a few beverages during the day. 

 

 

 


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